Everyone wants to be fitter, everyone wants to be healthier, and everyone wants that perfect body. But in modern society we quite often just don’t have the time to fit everything in. You have your work commitments, you have your family commitments and at the end of the day you don’t want to be spending all of your time exercising – you want some fun time as well.
So kick back and spend a few minutes reading this article and find out how you can find a new path to fitness that isn’t going to eat into your precious family time or leave you with work problems. Take five minutes to find out how you can have your cake and eat it! Five minutes to fitness is the way forward for the modern life.
What if you found a way to do less cardio exercise and increase your fat burn at the same time? Well, look no more, because high intensity interval training does just that. High intensity interval training, allows you to accelerate fat burn while getting in a shorter workout. Here, you’ll learn how to maximize the results you get from this new and popular type of cardio exercise.
It isn’t a scam, it isn’t a diet that requires you to eat only eggs for two months – this is a practical way for you to get fitter in less time!
In the past, you’ve probably been told that you need to do 20-60 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio to achieve optimum fat burn. Exercising at a steady state will certainly cause fat loss, but a high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout is far more efficient. You’ll be working a lot harder than you’re used to, but for a shorter amount of time; HIIT is so effective that 15-20 minutes is all you need! Here’s how to get started:
• Choose a cardio machine (rower, stationary bike, treadmill, elliptical) and warm up for at least five minutes.
• Take at least three minutes to stretch all your major muscle groups.
• Go at a moderate pace for one minute, then increase your pace until you’re at 90-95% of your MHR (max heart rate).
• Keep that pace for at least 20 seconds, then slow back down for another minute. Repeat for a maximum of fifteen minutes.
• Finish your workout by doing a five-minute cool down, and be sure to stretch afterward.
If you’ve done it right, you should at or near exhaustion by the time your workout is over. Research shows that those who perform HIIT experience nine times the fat loss compared to those who prefer steady cardio for the recommended 20 to 60 minutes. If you combine strength training and HIIT, you’ll be rewarded with a higher metabolism as well as better tone and shape.
Working at a higher intensity means you burn more calories per pound, and HIIT workouts boost your body’s levels of growth hormone. The more calories you burn per day, the more weight you’ll lose- even if your goal isn’t to shed pounds, high intensity interval training (HIIT) is good for you in terms of athletic gains.
In sports (with the exception of marathon running), an athlete doesn’t keep a steady pace. From basketball to soccer, all sports have points where you need to change from a slower pace to a faster one. High intensity interval training (HIIT) helps your cardiovascular system, but it also trains you anaerobically. You will see gains in your endurance, explosiveness and speed.
We’re just going to let the research speak for itself. High intensity interval training (HIIT) is proven to provide a much more effective workout in a shorter amount of time. Everyone can do HIIT, whether they’re trying to tone and shape, or they’re a pro-level athlete training for the next season. Try a HIIT workout, and you won’t go back to traditional cardio ever again!
Who thought it could be so easy! Claim back your fitness and healthy lifestyle without compromising on the things that matter like family and work and the things that make life that bit more exciting – like your social life.
This is a guest post by Wayne Barker from Slimming.com. If you would like to write for howtoreduceobesity.com, Submit your article.